Reality theatre set to come to Johnshaven

Reality theatre comes to Johnshaven on Saturday, May 28 when “I’m a Shakespearean Character, Get Me Out of Here!” catapults four major Shakespearean characters into the Village Hall to fight for survival in the second millennium.

Prospero has kidnapped all Shakespearean characters and is keeping them on his island giving them all the satisfactions they need – parties, mojitos, satellite TV, video games, Thai massages, 3D cinema….Not all of them are happy though: Hamlet, Lady Macbeth and Puck decide to escape and get back to the real world. They want to PERFORM!

Unfortunately Prospero finds out and together they agree that they need to have at least one chance to be freed. So Prospero decides to create a game show where the three characters have to tell the audience why their play is worth going back to the world. Whoever will be chosen will receive freedom and return from the island to the world and perform. Who will it be?

The production is by Charloteer Theatre Company and is suitable for the 12 plus age group. Tickets are £9 or £7 concession (50% of ticket sales going to the Village Hall) available from the Johnshaven Stores or by phoning 01561 361956.

So book now for a ringside seat and cast your vote to decide the fate of the Shakespearean characters.

Horticultural Society

Last year for the first time the Horticultural Society held a spring garden competition and so positive was the response that the management committee decided to repeat the experiment this year and at their meeting on Monday night were pleased to announce that the winner of the first prize of a £50 gift voucher was Gracie Clark, “Kelowna”, 21 Mid Street. The second prize of specially selected seeds and bulbs was won by Jo Ward, “Kia-Ora”, the Backie and Eileen Reppe of “Mission Cottage”, Main Street, was the winner of the third prize of a set of his and her gardening gloves. The committee were delighted at the number and quality of the entries and would like to express their thanks to all who took part.

The committee have also issued a reminder that the annual plant sale takes place in the Village Hall tomorrow, Saturday, between 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be a cake and candy stall and a raffle. Admission is free and tea/coffee and biscuits will be available for a donation only while donations for any of the stalls or for the raffle may be handed into the hall from 12 noon on the day of the sale.

Wairds Park

Since being gifted by Miss Anna K. Scott of Brotherton Castle in July 1923, Wairds Park has been constantly developing to meet the physical and recreational needs of the community of Benholm and Johnshaven. Only last year an overhead rotator and a swinging basket were added to the children’s play area and now the enterprising management committee has commissioned the removal of the old green fort and the installation of a new Playzone Assault Course.

The existing large fort was provided as part of a comprehensive, £10,000, improvement scheme in 1987 as a result of a major effort on the part of a group of young mums who got together to raise money to support the Park committee to enhance the existing facilities. From the day of its installation the fort proved extremely popular and over the years it has been the source of much enjoyment for countless children but for some time now it has been showing its age and, following a recent report by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) and subsequent consultations with play equipment experts, the park committee was informed that, although it originally did, it no longer complies with current safety standards. At intervals remedial repairs have been carried out to try and keep the fort up to the mark but now the decision has been taken to dispose of it altogether.

The Playzone Assault Course which will replace the fort includes a climbing wall and an additional clamber net, allowing more than one user at a time and perhaps more game-play variety. A low chute is also included and it might also be possible for the older toddler to play on the equipment.

The cost of the equipment and installation is around £14,000 but Secretary, Allen Smith indicates that, overall, money can be saved by having the old fort removed by volunteers, while adding that the committee are to make every effort to recover some of the cost through fund-raising opportunities and hope to have the project completed by early July.

Mr Smith also points out that while last year £1,300 was raised through memberships of the sporting facilities, the committee has a long way to go before this target is met for 2011 and takes this opportunity of encouraging the community to support the park by getting along to the Reception where application forms are readily available.

Mearns Coastal Parish

Sunday morning’s service in Johnshaven Church, being at the start of Christian Aid Week, it was appropriate that the thoughts of the minister, the Rev Colin Dempster, should be on the problems of poverty and in his sermon, drawing on personal experiences, he stressed how powerful prayer can be in dealing with personal problems.

In his intimations the Rev Dempster reminded the congregation that the next Bible Study meeting at the home of Tom and Marja Dalziel’s in St Cyrus will be held on Monday, May 30 at 7 p.m.

This Sunday’s services will be at the usual times of 10 a.m. in Johnshaven Church and 11.30 a.m. in St Cyrus Church.

On the social and fund-raising front Mearns Coastal’s annual plant sale and coffee morning will be held in the St Cyrus Public Hall on Saturday, May 28 between 10 and 11.30 a.m. As well as plants for sale there will be cake and candy, bric-a-brac, books and other stalls. All welcome.

Bowling Club

Due to a number of members having various other commitments there were fewer than usual at Friday night’s hat night which was won by Mary Brebner and Fred Innes by a margin of four shots.

Hat nights continue every Friday at 7 p. m. and points nights on Tuesdays at the same time and all are welcome. Members are also reminded that the club triples competition will be played this Sunday, May 22 at 1 p.m.


Saturday’s “New to You” sale in the Village Hall in aid of the RNLI raised £895 and the fund-raising group who organised the event wish to thank all who supported the lifeboats so generously.

Christian Aid Concert

Just a reminder of the concert for Christian Aid in the Village Hall tonight, Friday, at 7 p.m. Entertainment is provided by the Guides and Brownies and pupils from the Primary School. Admission, including refreshments, is £2.50 for adults and £1 for children and all are welcome.

Games Club

The Games Club’s annual presentation of trophies and prize bingo night will be held in the Village Hall on Friday, May 27. Admission, including refreshments and two bingo books is £1.50. Extra books may be purchased, 25p each. There will also be a raffle. Doors open 6.30 p.m., eyes will go down at 7 p.m. and all are welcome.

Prize Bingo

Prize bingo enthusiasts are well catered for next week-end with another session scheduled for Saturday, May 28. This time it is the Bowling Club who are getting their summer season going in the Community Clubroom at Wairds Park. Here, too, doors open at 6.30 p.m. with eyes down at 7 p.m. Refreshments and two bingo books are included in the admission price of £1.50 with additional books available at 25p each. Raffle. All welcome.

Answers to Sports Quiz

The scorer of Buckie Thistle’s Highland League Championship winning goal against Deveronvale was Martin Charlesworth.

Elgin City spoiled the party at Gayfield Park by defeating Arbroath on the day when they received the Division Three League Championship Trophy.

It was the WBO welterweight championship which Manny Pacquio won in Las Vegas.

Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to win the Madrid Tennis Open.

Thomas Aiken was the golfer who lifted his first European Tour title at the Spanish Open.

The leading Scot in the same tournament was Paul Lawrie who finished fifth.

Alex Ferguson has been the manager of Manchester United F.C. since 1986.

The late Seve Ballesteros won the Open Golf Championship three times.

It was Maxi Rodriguez who scored the hat trick for Liverpool against Fulham.

Tiger Woods currently holds eighth place in golf’s world rankings.